Judy Collins

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Judy Collins

American singer and songwriter known for her eclectic tastes in the material she records and for her social activism add

Category: Music

Born in 1939.

Countries: United States (72%), United Kingdom (8%), Canada (8%)

Main connections: Joni Mitchell, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez

Linked to: Rhino Entertainment Company, University of Connecticut, UNICEF




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Judy Collins was born in 1939 add something


Her father, a blind singer and radio disc jockey, took a job in Denver, Colorado in 1949, and the family moved to Colorado add something


James Burton - Since the 1950s, Burton has recorded and performed with an array of notable singers, including Bob Luman, Dale Hawkins, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, Jerry_Lee_Lewis, Claude King, Elvis Costello, Joe Osborn, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill, Suzi Quatro and Allen "Puddler" Harris


Her first marriage in 1958 to Peter Taylor produced her only child, Clark C. Taylor add something


Collins admits that although she tried other drugs in the 1960s, alcohol had always been her drug of first choice, just as it had been for her father add something


Her political idealism led her to compose a ballad entitled "Che" in honor of the 1960s Marxist icon Che Guevara add something


It was the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and the traditional songs of the folk revival of the early 1960s, however, that piqued Collins' interest and awoke in her a love of lyrics add something


Jacques Brel - During the 1960s, other English translations emerged on the folk music scene, including "The Dove" , an anti-war lament recorded both by Joan Baez and Judy Collins


Joshua Rifkin - In the 1960s, Rifkin created arrangements for Judy Collins on her albums "In My Life" and "Wildflowers"


In 1961, Collins released her first album, "A Maid of Constant Sorrow", at age 22 add something


In 1962, shortly after her debut at Carnegie Hall, Collins was diagnosed with tuberculosis and spent six months recuperating in a sanatorium add something


Roger McGuinn - During 1963, just one year before he co-founded The Byrds, he was a studio musician in New York City, recording with Judy Collins and Simon & Garfunkel


The Byrds - The song was brought to the group by McGuinn, who had previously arranged it in a chamber-folk style while working on folksinger Judy Collins' 1963 album, "Judy Collins 3"


Eric Weissberg - In 1965 the group accompanied Judy Collins on a tour of Poland and Russia, but disbanded soon after


While Collins' first few albums comprised straightforward guitar-based folk songs, with 1966's "In My Life", she began branching out and including work from such diverse sources as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Jacques Brel, and Kurt Weill add something


With her 1967 album "Wildflowers", produced by Mark Abramson and arranged by Rifkin, Collins began to record her own compositions, beginning with "Since You've Asked" add something


Joni Mitchell - Judy Collins's 1967 recording of "Both Sides Now" reached No. 8 on Billboard charts and was a breakthrough in the career of both artists


Bringing It All Back Home - Nico was not yet a recording artist at the time, and she would eventually record the song for "Chelsea Girl" , but not before Judy Collins recorded her own version in 1965


Songs from a Room - The song was recorded by Judy Collins on her 1967 album "Wildflowers", and by Richie Havens on his 1969 album "Richard P. Havens, 1983"


Collins' 1968 album, "Who Knows Where the Time Goes", was produced by David Anderle and featured back-up guitar by Stephen Stills , with whom she was romantically involved at the time add something


On March 17, 1968, she attended Hoffman's press conference at the Americana Hotel in New York to announce the party's formation add something


Gene Taylor (bassist) - Taylor worked with Judy Collins from 1968 until 1976, and made numerous television appearances accompanying Simone and Collins


Sandy Denny - A tape of that solo version found its way into the hands of American singer Judy Collins, who chose to cover it as the title track of an album of her own, released in November 1968, thus giving Denny international exposure as a songwriter before she had become widely known as a singer


In 1969, she testified in Chicago in support of the Chicago Seven; during her testimony, she began singing Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone-", and was admonished by prosecutor Tom Foran and judge Julius Hoffman add something


By the 1970s Collins had a solid reputation as an art song singer and folksinger and had begun to stand out for her own compositions add something


Collins later admitted having suffered from bulimia after she quit smoking in the 1970s add something


In the 1970s Collins guest starred on "The Muppet Show", where she sang "Leather-Winged Bat", "I Know An Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly", "Do Re Mi" and "Send in the Clowns" add something


Ry Cooder - He played guitar on Judy Collins' 1970 concert tour, and is featured on "Living", the 1971 live album recorded during that tour


Stacy Keach - He was romantically linked to singer Judy Collins in the early 1970s


Stephen Stills - In a 1971 interview in "Rolling Stone" the interviewer noted "so many of your songs seem to be about Judy Collins


She entered a rehabilitation program in Pennsylvania in 1978, and has maintained her sobriety ever since, even through such traumatic events as the death of her only child, Clark, who committed suicide in 1992 at age 33, after a long bout with clinical depression and substance abuse add something


Collins' 1979 album, "Hard Times for Lovers", gained some extra publicity with the cover sleeve photograph of Collins in the nude add something


T. G. Sheppard - In 1984 he recorded, as a duet with Judy Collins, the title track of "Home Again," her final album for Elektra Records


In more recent years Collins has taken to writing, producing a memoir, "Trust Your Heart", in 1987, and a novel, "Shameless" add something


Ronnie Gilbert - Songs of the Civil War - In 1991, Gilbert recorded "Lincoln and Liberty" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" for the compilation album, "Songs of the Civil War", joining artists such as Kathy Mattea, Judy Collins, John Hartford, Hoyt Axton, and the United States Military Academy Band of West Point


A more recent memoir, "Sanity and Grace", tells of her son Clark's death in January 1992 add something


She performed at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993, singing "Amazing Grace" and "Chelsea Morning" add something


In April 1996, she married designer and fellow activist Louis Nelson, whom she had been seeing since 1979 add something


Pete Seeger - In 1998 Appleseed Records issued a double-CD tribute album: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone: the Songs of Pete Seeger", which included readings by Studs Terkel and songs by Billy Bragg, Jackson Browne, Eliza Carthy, Judy Collins, Bruce_Cockburn, Donovan, Ani DiFranco, Dick Gaughan, Nanci Griffith, Richie Havens, Indigo Girls, Roger McGuinn, Holly Near, Odetta, Tom Paxton, Bonnie Raitt, Martin Simpson, and Bruce Springsteen, among others


Jimmy Norman - Judy Collins, whose drummer Tony Beard contributed to the project, released the resultant album under her own Wildflower label in 2004


Eileen Rose - In the US, Judy Collins personally offered to put it out on her own label, Wildflower Records, and it received a 2007 release


In 2008 she oversaw an album featuring artists ranging from Dolly Parton and Joan Baez to Rufus Wainwright and Chrissie Hynde covering her compositions; she released a collection of The Beatles covers, and she received an honorary doctorate from Pratt Institute on May 18 of that year add something


In 2010, Collins sang "The Weight of the World" at the Newport Folk Festival, a song by Amy Speace add something


In July 2012, Collins appeared as a guest artist on the Australian SBS television programme "RocKwiz" add something


Joni Mitchell - In October 2015, the singer Judy Collins reported that Mitchell was taking part in rehabilitation every day, and was walking, talking and painting


On June 25, 2019, "The New York Times Magazine" listed Judy Collins among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire add something